Getting Vitamins From Food vs. Supplements

The vitamin supplement industry, is targeted to reach $24.69 Billion in 2026.

It’s is rising with good reason. Our food isn’t what it used to be when I was a child, and has been tainted from everything from GMOs to fake ingredients.

https://www.nutritioninsight.com/news/highly-nutritious-meat-substitutes-on-the-market-cannot-be-absorbed-by-the-human-body-study-flags.html

That said, it’s important, more than ever, to select high quality vitamins with ingredients that don’t include sugar, like many of the gummy brands these days.

Yet, in the following article, a nutritionist at the Cleveland Clinic says to avoid B12 supplements.

Vitamin B-12 (cobalamin) plays an essential role in red blood cell formation, cell metabolism, nerve function and the production of DNA, the molecules inside cells that carry genetic information.

The Cleveland Clinic nutritionist recommends only ever getting B12 from food, including Milk, Cereal, Egg Yolks, Plain Yogurt, Salmon, Tuna, Clams, Red Meat, Liver, Kidney.

Link to article: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/vitamin-b12/

Below is the problem with that advice. Let’s start with MILK:

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I hate to sound like Spanky in The Little Rascals saying, “Don’t drink the milk!” “Why?” “It’s spoiled!” but be aware:

Milk and other dairy products are the top source of saturated fat in the American diet, contributing to heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease. Studies have also linked dairy to an increased risk of breast, ovarian, and prostate cancers.

Interesting they used to deliver milk right to our homes in bottles. Pre-Amazon days, there was The Milk Man.

Health Concerns About Dairy

https://www.pcrm.org › nutrition-information › health-co…

Cereal

Most packaged breakfast cereals are ultra-processed. EWG recommends limiting consumption of these foods, whether organic or conventional. A diet high in ultra-processed food is linked to an increased risk of depression, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer. Jan 3, 2022

Cereal offenders: potentially harmful ingredients in ‘healthy …

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https://www.ewg.org › news-insights › news › 2022/01

CEREAL contains harmful ingredients

Cereal offenders: potentially harmful ingredients in ‘healthy’ breakfast…Many breakfast cereals claim to be a healthy way to start the day. Their boxes feature cute, colorful characters…

Health Concerns About DairyAvoid the Dangers of Dairy With a Plant-Based Diet

YOGURT Concerns: Yogurt: Not As Healthy As We Thought?

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Yogurt: Not As Healthy As We Thought?Condé NastDietitians weigh in on a new study.

RED MEAT risks:

Eating too much red meat could be bad for your health. Sizzling steaks and juicy burgers are staples in many people’s diets. But research has shown that regularly eating red meat and processed meat can raise the risk of type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke and certain cancers, especially colorectal cancer.Dec 2, 2020

Is Eating Red Meat Bad For You? – Scripps Health

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https://www.scripps.org › News Items

Is Eating Too Much Red Meat Bad for You? Eating too much red meat can raise your health risks. Try moderation.

FISH

It’s also possible to develop mercury poisoning from eating too much seafood, even if the varieties have lower levels of mercury. The FDA states that in small amounts, certain types of fish with lower mercury levels may be okay for adults to eat once or twice per week.

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Mercury Poisoning: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment, and More

https://www.healthline.com › health › mercury-poisoning

Understanding Mercury PoisoningHere’s what you need to know about mercury poisoning, including the basics about mercury poisoning from eating f…

LIVER AND KIDNEY

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Potential Risks of Organ Meat

While organ meats are highly nutritious foods, they also contain a lot of cholesterol (especially the liver and heart). High cholesterol levels raise your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Therefore, it’s recommended that organ meats be eaten in moderation.=

Final Thoughts:

Eat nutritious foods, but there’s nothing wrong with taking a daily vitamin or supplementing with B12 or any other vitamin you may be lacking.

I recommend everyone visits a General Practitioner to get blood work done, to determine if you’re deficient in anything, which may be causing unwanted symptoms, such as fatigue.

Then, review what foods contain those nutrients, and if you can benefit from adding a supplement.

Look up the Mediterranean diet, which is most common in Blue Zone areas, which are known for longevity. Here’s a link for Reference:


https://www.bluezones.com/2015/04/the-blue-zones-solution-secrets-of-the-worlds-healthiest-people-9-questions-for-dan-buettner/

Breakfast: Egg whites and veggies in the morning are beneficial.

Lunch: Fill your plate with vegetables in the afternoon (making them in olive oil and garlic make them tasty)

Dinner: Grilled salmon (limit per week), chicken, black beans with a side of veggies are a healthy choice.

Snacks: Great choices are blueberries, cherries, almonds, walnuts or pumpkin seeds.

Beverages: Stay hydrated with water and avoid soda or sweetened beverages. If you need a pick-me-up, look into Functional Beverages without sugar or calories, but a bit of caffeine without the crash feeling you get after drinking coffee. A lot of people like to drink orange juice in the morning and fruit, but be aware there is sugar in that, so if you are diabetic or pre-diabetic (which a lot of people aren’t aware they are) you want to stay away from that as you may experience a crash after your blood sugar drops after consuming it.

Soon, I’ll review the best brands in Vitamin Supplements, since it’s a growing market, and you want to make sure they are high-quality and best-in-class.

I do like brands are making it easier to carry vitamins while traveling, so will take a look at those, as well as the best in personalized vitamins.

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RELATED LINKS:


Here’s a list of the best vitamins to take daily:

https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/best-vitamins-to-take-daily#_noHeaderPrefixedContent

Best foods for your brain or memory loss:

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-brain-foods

Worst foods for your brain’s health:

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/brain-health-experts-agree-absolute-213000688.html

If you’re looking for supplements that are sugar-free, caffeine free, dairy free, soy free, non-GMO with no preservatives, color, flavors or sweeteners that are all natural Vegan you can check out vitamins from Amare.com (link below):

10 Foods Turn On Genes Related to Fat Burning

1.  Olive Oil

2.  Eggs

3.  Yogurt

4.  Sweet Potatoes

5.  Kiwi Fruit

6.  Edamame (Green soybeans)

7.  Wild Salmon

8.  Apples

9.  Quinoa (People always ask what this is: Quinoa are seeds that an be prepared like whole grains, such as rice or barley. You can find them in any grocery store where you find rice.  Friends who have tried it say it’s yummy.)

10.  Lentiles (Legumes)

T0 find out WHY these 10 foods have super powers, please visit SELF Magazine by copying/pasting this web address into your browser:  http://www.self.com/fooddiet/2012/04/drop-10-top-superfoods-slideshow#slide=5

The above tips are part of a new book published by SELF: http://www.self.com/drop10diet/buy_the_book

Stay healthy!